C1869

The New Post Office

Artist:

S.T. Leigh

Rare lithograph of the George Street Post Office prior to construction and before the widening of Martin Place. First stage construction (1866-1874)  The designs for the Post Office at present day Martin Place had begun in 1863 were completed and … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The New Post Office

Date:

C1869

Artist:

S.T. Leigh

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured lithograph.

Image Size: 

150mm 
x 90mm

Paper Size: 

196mm 
x 120mm
AUTHENTICITY
The New Post Office - Antique Print from 1869

Genuine antique
dated:

1869

Description:

Rare lithograph of the George Street Post Office prior to construction and before the widening of Martin Place.

First stage construction (1866-1874)  The designs for the Post Office at present day Martin Place had begun in 1863 were completed and submitted for approval in February 1865. On 17 December 1866, it was announced that builder John Young was awarded the contract for “carpenters, joiners, slaters, plumbers, painters and glaziers. His tender for masons and bricklayers was also accepted [whilst]…the commission for ironworks went to P.N. Russell and Co.” Early progress proved to be a slow and difficult process, particularly due to the need to enclose the Tank Stream running below the foundations and to ensure construction would not affect adjoining buildings. In April 1869, The Duke of Edinburgh, set the keystone of the George Street entrance for the Post Office. A prominent newspaper of the time reported that the “ponderous keystone” was quarried at Pyrmont and weighted 26 tons.

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